Arts for Transformation Course

The course explores the power of arts and culture as a transformative force. How can safeguarding heritage, curating history, stimulating contemporary expressions, and promoting sustainability and cultural diversity heal a population and rebuild a post-conflict country whilst being a vital actor in sustainable development? What methods are viable, what tools proved useful, what approaches failed? The course is designed to allow for a wide range of engagement with the topic and the country: narration and film, history and theory, performance and experience, site visits and interviews, as well as a group project. As the course provides a platform to explore and debate approaches to reconstruction, revitalization, reconciliation and peacebuilding, its aim is to stimulate discussions, reflect on practices, ideas and visions.

Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) has previously hosted groups from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and Georgetown University.

Students will:

  •  understand the role of arts and culture in processes of transformation
  • discover relationships between politics, memory, and healing
  • explore the impacts of cultural entrepreneurship
  • debate and exchange with cultural experts and artists
  • directly experience the impact of arts through field trips

“I think it is a very crucial part of the learning process in which students are subjected to critical questions and how they could discuss more on how arts and culture play a really important role in Cambodia.” – NOEUN Sony, year 4, major in International Relations

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